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Jabil and HP announced their cooperation in the field of 3D printing

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core tip: in 2016, the world's famous electronic contract manufacturer Jabil announced its partnership with HP in the field of 3D printing, With a huge manufacturing system, the Jabil pressure roller acts on the test piece. The boss will produce the final plastic parts through HP MJF (multi jet melting) 3D printing technology

[China Packaging News] in 2016, Jabil, the world's famous electronic contract manufacturer, announced a partnership with HP in the field of 3D printing. Jabil, with a huge manufacturing system, will produce final plastic parts through HP MJF (multi jet fusion) 3D printing technology. In the summer of 2016, the first HP MJF 3D printing device was delivered to Jabil. During this period, what did Jabil do through HP's 3D printing technology? How far has the application of 3D printing in production been promoted as of March 2017? The vice president of Jabil's global automation and 3D printing department disclosed some details about these issues

towards small batch production

3D printing applications beyond prototypes

Jabil is one of the three largest electronic contract manufacturing services (EMS) in the world. There are more than 100 factories in more than 20 countries around the world. Its products include computer peripherals, data transmission, automation and consumer products. Jabil provides customers with products from design, development, production, assembly System technical support and distribution services to end users

Jabil's 3D printer for printing fixture

in fact, HP's 3D printing technology is not Jabil's first 3D printing technology. Because Jabil's product line is extensive, the 3D printing technology applied is also relatively comprehensive. Before introducing HP's mjf3d printing technology, Jabil has introduced FDM, SLA, inkjet, metal and other 3D printing technologies, and the scope of application involves rapid prototype manufacturing of new products, Print the tooling fixtures used in the production line and the conformal cooling water path in the manufacturing mold

position the application of HP MJF 3D printing technology in production

in the summer of 2016, Jabil received a 3D printer based on MJF technology delivered by HP. This is an early-stage 3D printing device. As a basic partner of HP, Jabil will provide HP with feedback needed to improve HP 3D printer. After both parties have done a lot of process refinement and improvement work, HP delivered two production grade HP jet fusion 3D printers to Jabil in December 2016

Jabil once used HP's 3D printer to print detergent bottle caps for customers of a large consumer goods manufacturer. When customers received the bottle caps, they compared the 3D printed bottle caps with those produced by injection molding. Customers believed that these 3D printed bottle caps could become substitutes for those produced by injection molding in terms of product quality

one of the production-level HP jet fusion 3D printers

for Jabil, what is more meaningful is that HP jet fusion 3D printer can enable Jabil to efficiently produce 3D printing parts with stable quality for customers, which can be comparable with parts produced by injection molding process in terms of quality and cost. It is understood that the advantage of injection molding process lies in mass production, while the advantage of 3D printing lies in small batch production or manufacturing very complex products. To replace injection molding process, the development space of 3D printing is either simple design in small batch or very complex design in large batch. Jabil also considered these aspects when choosing injection molding process and 3D printing technology

when Jabil manufactures a product, whether to choose the injection molding process or use HP jet fusion 3D printer, the first factor to be considered is the production quantity. Jabil found that when producing hundreds or thousands of products, the manufacturing cost of using HP 3D printing technology is the same as that of injection molding process, or even lower than that of injection molded parts

the next factor to consider is whether 3D printing technology can bring added value to products. The advantages of 3D printing technology in manufacturing complex structures have opened up a broader space for product design. Many products have to make compromises in design due to the limitations of injection molding process. If 3D printers are used for production, the compromises made by product design due to manufacturing technology will be greatly reduced, thus creating the possibility for designers to design products with more optimized functions. Jabil once made an elbow for customers. In the past, this product was assembled by 3-4 parts through glue and screws. However, after deciding to use a 3D printer for manufacturing, Jabil designed the elbow into an integral structure and realized the manufacturing of elbow at one time through 3D printer

of course, to integrate production-level 3D printing technology into Jabil's huge manufacturing system, it is not enough to only consider the above two factors. For production-oriented 3D printing technology such as HP MJF, Jabil itself also needs a learning cycle to master the complete process flow of each 3D printing application, so as to ensure printing quality, certify printing parts, and keep the performance of parts consistent. In addition, the supply chain system should be adjusted

it is worth mentioning that in addition to HP's MJF 3D technology, another production-oriented 3D printing technology, carbon's clip 3D printing technology, has also attracted Jabil's attention. In 2017, Jabil will deliver the first batch of parts manufactured by HP jet fusion 3D printer. At that time, the value that production-level 3D printing technology can create for large manufacturers such as Jabil will be clearer

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